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Community & Practice Research Program

Summary:

The Community & Practice Research (CPR) program seeks to work collaboratively with community organizations, health care practices and researchers to study how best to improve the health of Oregonians and the broader American public. Because health and health behaviors are affected by the social and physical environments we live in, community-based research is extremely important - but also complex. Community and provider involvement is important in enabling our translational research programs to develop and conduct scientifically sound, culturally appropriate research with real-world applicability. Our program benefits from existing relationships with many communities and practice networks, and we plan to further expand these efforts.

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    • Community & Population Research Consultation ( Support service )

      "The OCTRI Community & Practice Research program provides consultative assistance to investigators on the methods and logistics of community and population research. Studies that involve community-engagement vary significantly, and there is no single template that can be applied to even a majority of projects. There are, however, best practices and established methodologies that experienced investigators and research staff can share with researchers who are seeking advice on a community or population-based study. For example, consultants can:

      Assist investigators in incorporating principles of community-engaged research into study proposals and designs
      Advise on issues of recruitment and retention
      Suggest strategies for obtaining informed consent in diverse and underserved populations
      Consult on methods for the analysis of community and population-based data"

    • OCHIN: Epic Data from Community Clinics ( Access service )

      "Two Practice-Based Research Networks with significant overlaps are Safety Net West, a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout northern California, Oregon and southern Washington, and OCHIN, whose mission is to improve the health of the medically underserved through the best use of information and information technology.
      OCHIN now includes 23 organizations and approximately 150 clinics that provide care to underserved patients with an over-representation of racial and ethnic minorities, Medicaid patients and uninsured patients. All clinics in the OCHIN network share the same Epic electronic record system, providing for unparalleled research opportunities with underserved populations. "

    • ORPRN: Conducting Research in Rural Settings ( Support service )

      "Founded in 2002, the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) is a nationally recognized practice-based research organization.

      Network of 157 clinicians 40 primary care practices
      Located in 37 rural Oregon communities
      Serving approximately 235,000 (or 1 in 4) rural Oregonians

      ORPRN is one of only six primary care PBRNs in the U.S. with a rural focus, and it is the only all-rural network. ORPRN has a diverse research portfolio that covers a wide range of health topics, including:

      medication safety
      child behavioral health
      adult mental health
      pregnancy and nutrition
      dementia
      osteoporosis
      exercise and nutrition counseling
      clinical workforce issues
      emergency care
      provision of preventive services
      immunization practices

      The network places a high value on participatory research at the community and practice level and frequently partners with outside investigators on projects funded by federal, state, foundation and individual sources."

    • Practice-Based Research Networks ( Support service )

      "The OCTRI Community & Practice Research program supports and facilitates the work of local Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs). PBRNs provide ideal circumstances for testing quality innovations and improvements in clinical care in diverse and underserved areas.

      OCTRI is closely involved with the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) , a statewide network of rural primary care clinicians dedicated to improving the health of rural Oregonians through community and practice-based clinical research.
      OCHIN and its closely related PBRN Safety Net West provide a unique, consolidated electronic database of medical information from Federally Qualified Health Centers. All clinics in the OCHIN network share the same EPIC electronic record system, providing invaluable access to data on uninsured and underinsured populations.
      In addition to these PBRNs, OHSU is home to an Evidence-Based Practice Center which is producing high quality evidence-based systematic reviews, and the Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communication Sciences which produces easily digested physician and patient summaries. These products offer opportunities for dissemination of evidence-based practices in the Practice-based Research Networks."

    • SafetyNet West: Conducting Research in Community Clinics ( Support service )

      "Two Practice-Based Research Networks with significant overlaps are Safety Net West, a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout northern California, Oregon and southern Washington, and OCHIN, whose mission is to improve the health of the medically underserved through the best use of information and information technology.

      OCHIN now includes 23 organizations and approximately 150 clinics that provide care to underserved patients with an over-representation of racial and ethnic minorities, Medicaid patients and uninsured patients.

      Safety Net West is an AHRQ-registered primary care research network consisting of the FQHCs and “look-alikes” that are members of OCHIN. The mission of Safety Net West is to improve the health of underserved populations, enhance their quality of care, and inform health policy through research.

      Safety Net West is especially interested in collaborating on studies that examine effective interventions and delivery systems improvements that meet the following priorities:

      Understand and address health conditions common in safety net populations with known health disparities
      Have potential for improving health outcomes in these populations
      Evaluate interventions that have the potential to improve safety net practice
      Test health IT interventions to improve population health
      Are consistent with evidence-based practices."


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